Manga: An Anthology of Global and Cultural Perspectives

Overview

Once upon a time, one had to read Japanese in order to enjoy manga. Today manga has become a global phenomenon, attracting audiences in North America, Europe, Africa, and Australia. The style has become so popular, in fact, that in the US and UK publishers are appropriating the manga style in a variety of print material, resulting in the birth of harlequin mangas which combine popular romance fiction titles with manga aesthetics. Comic publishers such as Dark Horse and DC Comics are translating Japanese ...

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Overview

Once upon a time, one had to read Japanese in order to enjoy manga. Today manga has become a global phenomenon, attracting audiences in North America, Europe, Africa, and Australia. The style has become so popular, in fact, that in the US and UK publishers are appropriating the manga style in a variety of print material, resulting in the birth of harlequin mangas which combine popular romance fiction titles with manga aesthetics. Comic publishers such as Dark Horse and DC Comics are translating Japanese "classics", like Akira, into English. And of course it wasn't long before Shakespeare received the manga treatment. So what is manga?

Manga roughly translates as "whimsical pictures" and its long history can be traced all the way back to picture books of eighteenth century Japan. Today, it comes in two basic forms: anthology magazines (such as Shukan Shonen Jampu) that contain several serials and manga ‘books' (tankobon) that collect long-running serials from the anthologies and reprint them in one volume. The anthologies contain several serials, generally appear weekly and are so thick, up to 800 pages, that they are colloquially known as phone books. Sold at newspaper stands and in convenience stores, they often attract crowds of people who gather to read their favorite magazine.

Containing sections addressing the manga industry on an international scale, the different genres, formats and artists, as well the fans themselves, Manga: An Anthology of Global and Cultural Perspectives is an important collection of essays by an international cast of scholars, experts, and fans, and provides a one-stop resource for all those who want to learn more about manga, as well as for anybody teaching a course on the subject.  

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780826429377
  • Publisher: Bloomsbury
  • Publication date: 4/15/2010
  • Edition description: Reprint
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 368
  • Product dimensions: 6.10 (w) x 9.10 (h) x 1.10 (d)

Meet the Author


Toni Johnson-Woods is President of the Pop Culture Association of Australia (PopCANNZ) and Senior Lecturer in the English, Media Studies and Art History School at the University of Queensland.
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Table of Contents

Introduction

Section 1 The Industry

The History of Manga Jean-Marie Bouissou

Manga in Asia John A. Lent

Manga in Europe Paul M. Malone

Understanding Manga Merchandising: An Australian Case

Study Jason Bainbridge Craig Norris

Shakespeare as Manga Emma Hayley

Globalizing from Japan to Hong Kong and Beyond Wendy Siuyi Wong

Manga and the Critics Toni Johnson-Woods

Section 2 The Genres & Formats & Artists

Overview of Manga Genres Mio Bryce Jason Davis

Ryori Manga Lorie Brau

Shojo Manga at Home and Abroad Jennifer Prough

Beautiful Boys in Japanese Women's Comics Mark McClelland

Meanings of Manga Neil Cohn

The Aesthetics of Manga Christopher Couch

Visual Representations and Manga Craig Norris

A Look at Takahashi Rumiko, Watase Yu, Shinohara

Chie, Hikawa Kyoko, Itsuki Natsumi Mio Bryce

Osamu Tezuka and Family: Early Pioneers of Manga Wendy Goldberg

Miuchi Suzue and Intertextuality Rebecca Suter

Miyasaki's Nausicaa of the Valley of the Wind: Manga into Anime and Its Reception Marc Hairston

Section 3 The Fans

Fandom in Germany, Italy and France Bouissou, Pelliteri Dolle-Weinkauff

Scanlation James Rampant

American Otaku and the Search for the Authentic Text Stacy Rue

Conclusion

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